# Naive Bayes logarithmic probability

I am trying to do sentiment analysis using Naive Bayes and have a doubt regarding log. While calculating posterior probability in Naive Bayes classifier, we apply log to prevent underflows and very small values. My question is that when applying log, $\log(p(x|Y=C)$, do we have to apply log separately to numerator and denominator like

$$\frac{\log(\text{count of word in class }C)}{\log(\text{total words in class }C)}$$

or apply log to the result of division like

$$\log\left(\frac{\text{count of word in class }C}{\text{total words in class }C}\right)?$$

The second form:

$$\log\left(\frac{\text{count of word in class }C}{\text{total words in class }C}\right)$$

does not prevent you from underflow issues since you are still doing the same calculation and afterwards transform it into log scale.

$$\frac{\log(\text{count of word in class }C)}{\log(\text{total words in class }C)}$$

on another hand, is incorrect.

Recall that the basic properties of logs are:

\begin{align} & \log_b(xy)=\log_b(x)+\log_b(y) \\ & \log_b(\tfrac{x}{y})=\log_b(x)-\log_b(y)\\ & \log_b(x^d)=d\log_b(x) \\ & \frac{\log_d(x)}{\log_d(y)} = \log_y x \end{align}

so the correct form should be

$$\log(\text{count of word in class }C) - \log(\text{total words in class }C)$$

There is even more of interesting properties, and you can read about them e.g. in the Wikipedia article List of logarithmic identities.